Events & Outreach

Events & Outreach

Here you will find a list of special events, brown bags, and other outreach activities geared to build community, foster partnerships, and further the mission and vision of the CommNS.

Upcoming Events

2019 Annual Event 

Save the date for our annual event on April 24th, 2019. The CommNS annual spring event has been a popular and thought provoking tool to explore key topics in the community and nonprofit sector with colleagues from across the campus and community. The event is open to the public and all are welcomed and encouraged to attend. We will be working on our theme and providing updates in the coming months, but please save the date for April 24th and plan to join us for yet another great event.

Past Events

Thank you for joining our CommNS Focus Area Breakfast!

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2018 Annual Event


Above is the Keynote talk from Penn Loh, Senior Lecturer and Director of the Master of Public Policy Program and Community Practice at Tufts University, from our Spring 2018 Annual Event focused on “Funding and Social Change“, co-hosted by the CommNS and the Bader Institute.  All opinions expressed are exclusively those of the speaker.

We had an absolutely amazing turnout for our annual conference on “Funding & Social Change” hosted by both the Center on Community and Nonprofit Studies (UW-Madison) and the Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management (UW-Milwaukee). Alongside community members, community partners, investors, funders, professionals, students, and professors, the CommNS deeply explored contemporary issues ranging from the assumptions and values about funding and social change to evaluation and capacity building in the nonprofit sector to address complex social issues. Through these critical discussions, attendees made personal connections that spanned several layers of the nonprofit sphere creating a new network of social change agents.

Please see below for our flyers of the event.

Past Lunch & Learns

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  • Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 12-1pm, Room 1199 Nancy Nicholas Hall: Creative Community Engagement (View the event here)
  • Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 11am-12pm, Plenary Hall Nancy Nicholas Hall: How can universities support community change for health? The Obesity Prevention Initiative & the CommNS (View the event here)
  • Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 12-1pm, Room 1199 Nancy Nicholas Hall: Where is the power? Participatory mapping of community factors influencing nutrition and food environments in rural Ethiopia (View the event here)
  • Monday, February 13th, 2017: What makes for high quality community-engaged course partnerships?
    A generative discussion with instructors, Carolina Sarmiento, Michael Maguire, Jennifer Gaddis (View the event here)
  • Wednesday, February 8th, 2017: The Art of Storytelling, Alan Talaga (View the event here)
  • Monday, April 25th: Rethinking Residential Affordability and Mobility Within a Gentrifying Context, Dr. Revel Sims
  • Monday, March 28th: Community Studies, Dr. Alfonso Morales
  • Monday, March 14th: United We Engage-Wisconsin Campus Compact and the Quest to Advance the Civic Mission of Higher Education, Dr. Gavin Luter
  • Making Space for Undergraduate Education and Activism in the CommNS, Dr. Jennifer Gaddis (See flyer here for more information)
  • Liberating Service Learning, Dr. Randy Stoecker (See flyer here for more information)
  • Just a Click Away: How are Online Communities Changing Lives?, Jennifer Dalsen, Doctoral Student (See flyer here for more information)
  • The Multi-Level Effects of Youth Involvement in Grassroots Organizing, Dr. Veronica Terriquez (See flyer here for more information)
  • Dreams Assessment: an Evaluation Tool, Courtney Robinson, Masters Student (See flyer here for more information)
  • The Youth Research Hub: Examining Adolescents’ Online Social Networks, Dr. Mariah Kornbluh (See flyer here for more information)
  • What is Civic Studies, Alisa Pykett, Ph.D Student (See flyer here for more information)

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